Dr. Jeanie Austin



Works in Progress

Austin, J. (2021).  Library services and incarceration: Recognizing barriers, strengthening access (working title).  Chicago: American Library Association.  (A prepublication chapter from this book is available here.)


Austin, J., Charenko, M, Dillon, M. and Lincoln, J. (forthcoming). Systemic oppression and the contested ground of information access for incarcerated people. Open Information Science.

Austin, J. and Villa-Nicholas, M. (2019). Information provision and the carceral state: Race and reference beyond the idea of the “underserved.” The Reference Librarian. 60(4), 233-261.

Austin, J. (2019). Affective absence: Risks in the institutionalization of the FemTechNet ArchiveDigital Humanities Quarterly. 13(2).

Austin, J. (2019). Lines of sight and knowledge: Possibilities and actualities of trans and gender non-conforming youth in the library.  In Bharat Mehra (ed.) LGBTQ+ librarianship in the 21st century: Emerging directions of advocacy and community engagement in diverse information environments (Advances in Librarianship, volume 45). Emerald Publishing Limited, 167-196.

Austin, J. (2019). Mechanisms of communicative control (and resistance): Carceral incorporations of ICT and communication policies for physical mail.  First Monday. 24(3-4).

Austin, J. (2019). Literacy practices of youth experiencing incarceration: Reading and writing as points of regulation and escape. Libri: International Journal of Libraries and Information Studies. 69(1), 77-87.

Austin, J. (2019). Representative library collections as a response to the institutional oppression of LGBTQ youth of color. International Journal of Information, Diversity & Inclusion (IJIDI). 3(1), 91-111.

Austin, J. (2018). Restorative justice as a tool to address the role of policing and incarceration in the lives of youth in the United States. Journal of Librarianship and Information Science. https://doi.org/10.1177%2F0961000618787979.

Austin, J. (2017). Reform and revolution: Juvenile detention center libraries in the 1970s.  Libraries: Culture, History, and Society. 1(2), 240-266.

Noble, S. U., Sweeney, M., Austin, J., McKeever, L., Sullivan, E. (2014) Changing course: Collaborative reflections of teaching/taking ‘Race, Gender, and Sexuality in the Information Professions.’ Journal of Education for Library & Information Science. 55(3), 212-222.

Austin, J. (2012). Critical issues in juvenile detention center libraries, Journal of Research on Libraries and Young Adults.

Other Publications

Austin, J. (2020). Information access within carceral institutions. Feminist Media Studies. DOI: 10.1080/14680777.2020.1786933.

Austin, J. (2019). Situating youth voice: Moving from understanding to action through critical theory.  In Anthony Bernier (ed.) Transforming youth services, second edition.  Chicago, IL: American Library Association.

Austin, J. (2018). A lexicon of Black and trans life (and death). Resources for Women and Gender Studies: A Feminist Review. 39(3-4), 13-15. (Book review.)

Austin, J. (2018).  Sentenced to read. Young Adult Library Services. 16(4), 31-36.

Austin, J.  (2016).  Questioning “positive development”: Toward centering YA library practice on the lived realities of youth. In Bharat Mehra and Kevin Rioux (eds.) Progressive community action: Critical theory and social justice in library and information sciences (249-281). Sacramento, CA: Library Juice Press.

Austin, J., Coyle, J., and Montague, R.A. (2014). Creating collaborative library services to incarcerated youth. In Bertram C. Bruce, Ann Peterson Bishop and Nama R. Budhathoki (eds.) Youth community inquiry : new media for community and personal growth (119-131). New York: Peter Lang.


Austin, J.  “Library services to people who are incarcerated: Attempting anti-racism through LIS.”  UCLA Department of Information Studies Colloquium, 2019.

Austin, J. and Villa-Nicholas, M.  “Reimagining the public: Library services to people in jails and prisons.”  Webinar.  Office for Diversity, Literacy, and Outreach Services of the American Library Association, 2019.  Available in the ODLOS webinar archives.

Austin, J., Hall, R, and Kinnon, R.  “What If patrons can’t access the Internet?: Reference by Mail for patrons who are incarcerated.”  California Library Association Annual Conference, 2019.

Austin J. and Ball, S.  “Public library services to incarcerated people: Librarians’ insights.” Books to Prisoners Virtual Summit, 2019.

Austin, J.  “Identifying ‘Trap Doors’: The gendered surveillance of transgender people’s online embodiment.” Society for Social Studies of Science (4S) 2019, New Orleans, LA.  (This was part of a panel on “Intimate surveillance: Collecting people as data“)

Austin, J. and Villa-Nicholas, M. “Crossing institutional divides: Services to incarcerated patrons as a bridge between public libraries and Library and Information Science education,” Joint Conference of Librarians of Color 2018, Albuquerque, NM.

Austin, J. and Woo, C. J. “Do we walk the walk or just talk the talk: Library practices around intersectional needs,” National Diversity in Libraries Conference 2016, UCLA.

Austin, J. “Youth as citizen?: Libraries and youth civic engagement,” BOBCATSSS 2016, Lyon, France.

Austin, J., Sonnie, A., and Harger, E. “Social justice movements and the role of libraries,” Digital Rights in Libraries Conference 2015, San Francisco.

Austin J. and McKeever, L. “Queering libraries,” UNC Asheville Queer Studies Conference, 2015, Asheville, NC.